Contact Lyn Smith, Librarian at the Pittsfield Public Library at 487-5880.
Go directly to the Pittsfield Public Library website at http://www.pittsfield.lib.me.us/
10:00 - 6:00 Monday through Friday
10:00 - 1:00 on Saturday, closed Saturdays in the summer
It was a very busy and exciting year at the Pittsfield Public Library. Use of all library services increased, keeping the library staff on their toes. I attribute the increase to providing quality services and access to materials that people want. Citizens of the Town of Pittsfield are very fortunate to receive the Town’s financial support making all library services available to Pittsfield residents and taxpayers. Residents of other towns may use the library services upon payment of an annual membership fee. People who use their public library are getting the best deal in town!
People visited the Library for various reasons including reading newspapers, studying, attending library programs, visiting with friends, as well as meeting their needs for information and entertainment. Library visits increased 15% over the previous year. The number of people using the library’s public computers for Internet, children’s games, and office applications doubled over the previous year.
The circulation of books, magazines, videos, and music CDs increased by 33% over the previous year. People have also learned that if the item they want was not available here, it could be obtained from another library. Interlibrary loan transactions increased 65% in each of the past two years.
· Loans of items for all ages including books, audio books on tape and CD, videos on tape and DVD, music on CD, and magazines.
· A comfortable place to read newspapers, magazines, and chat with friends.
· High-speed unfiltered Internet access from public computers or personal laptop computers through the library’s wireless connection.
· Meeting rooms for use by small groups and by individuals and small groups for study.
· Special programs for children and adults.
· 12,858 adult books
· 8,274 children’s books
· 2,528 audio, video, and music items
· 75 periodical titles
· 1,684 new items added included 759 adult books, 398 children’s books, 293 adult videos, 91 children’s videos, 102 adult audio books, 10 children’s audio books, 31 music CDs
o 233of these items were donations valued at over $4,094
· 1,620 items were withdrawn from the collection
· Library patrons borrowed 41,697 items from the library’s collection including 16,753 adult books, 14,830 children’s books and 10,114 audio books, videos, and music CDs.
· 787 items borrowed from other libraries for our patrons through a state and nation-wide interlibrary loan system. 196 items from our collection were loaned to patrons in other libraries.
· The library has 3,147 patrons; 2,827 are from Pittsfield, 320 are from surrounding towns.
· 19,433 visits were made to the library in 2005.
· 6,192 patrons used the public computers for Internet, children’s games, and office applications.
· 300 people joined the library by getting their own library cards.
· 75 children participated in the summer reading program.
· Patrons often used the downstairs rooms for quiet study, tutoring, and small group meetings.
Programs and special events:
· Children’s programs include the weekly preschool story time and Saturday story time for older children.
· We held our first bookmark contest; printing of the bookmarks was donated by Kelly Smith Printers in Newport, and prizes for the winning artists were from Mr. Paperback.
· Children enjoyed the summer reading program “Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds!”. Special events included a storytelling programs by Desiree Martin and Kevin Duplissea and a science program from the Boston Museum of Science.
· Cartooning workshop for teens.
· School classes of all ages visited the library.
· Knitting group meets once a week.
Library building project
This was a year of raising money and awareness of the Library’s renovation and expansion project. The Library Capital Campaign Events Committee presented a dessert theater program, a night of bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll music and dancing, and concerts by Jess Tardy and Aztec Two Step. They also sponsored four summer concerts in Hathorn Park. There were two used book sales, a quilt raffle and the fifth annual Jill McGowan shirt sale. Members of the Capital Campaign Committee solicited major gifts and grants of financial support. The Building Committee was engaged in discussions concerning selection of an architect.
Staff and volunteers make the library happen!
Lyn Smith has been library director for almost fifteen years. Kim Bergmann resigned to take a job in another library. Michele Sargent resigned to follow a different career path. New part-time employees MacKenzie Kennedy of Troy and Joanne Elwell of Hartland started work at the library in March. Kenzie has a bachelor’s degree in library science from University of Maine at Augusta. Joanne is has been a volunteer at the Hartland Public library and is very active with 4H. Joanne will present children’s programs. Cindy Ellis retired after working for sixteen years at the library. Holly Williams of Levant started work in October. She has a Master’s in Library Science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania. Past employee, Heather Wells, filled in during the summer when we were short staffed.
John Sullivan worked at the library for 20 hours per week for three months in a position funded by the Department of Labor and administered by Senior Community Service Employment Program and the ABLE Network. Other volunteers gave about 100 hours of service doing various tasks.
We are grateful for the considerable help with building maintenance from members of the public works crew, John, Dave, Mike, and Tim.
Many thanks go to the library board of trustees who served in 2005 – Lancy Bradshaw, Mary Parsons, Barbara Jones, Donna Chale. Chris Faria resigned and was replaced by Tina Bernier.
The whole town appreciates the efforts of the people working on the Library’s renovation and expansion project. The Library Centennial Committee headed by Ann McGowan has had help with the Capital Campaign from Lancy Bradshaw, Bette Bagley, Barbara Jones, and Rosalie Williams. The Library Building Committee has been formed consisting of Doug Frati, Jim Hammond, Tom Weaver, Matt Hebert, Susan Ouellette, Ann McGowan, Rosalie Williams, Lancy Bradshaw, and Lyn Smith.
Lyn Smith, MSLS